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Self-referencing many-to-many relationships in Entity Framework 5 Code-First

by mstrid on August 27th, 2012

When trying to use the following POCO class to create the database schema using Entity Framework 5 Code-First the default data annotation mapping couldn’t handle the self-referencing many-to-many relationship that is specified by the RelatedProducts property.


The simple solution is to use the fluent API and add the following method to the DbContext class:


Now a join table is created automatically that handles the many-to-many relationship.

For more information see this article and this article.

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